Hygge in the Time of Coronavirus

When a massive event happens in your life, it’s hard sometimes to think about a life beyond that event. Falling in love, having a baby, serious illness and bereavement can all leave you in a fog and looking at life through coloured spectacles… and sometimes that colour is black. For most people, they find a coping mechanism, deal with the feelings as they arise and … Continue reading Hygge in the Time of Coronavirus

At last! A challenge I have been training for all my life!

Have you ever watched a programme or read an article about a feat of superhuman achievement and thought “That would be absolutely impossible for me”. Usually in my case it’s climbing mountains, swimming the channel, running a marathon or ironing while hanging upside down by a slender piece of rope from a rocky outcrop on a lethal climb. Extreme ironing, it’s a sport. Not on … Continue reading At last! A challenge I have been training for all my life!

Book Friday: Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesca Miralles

There’s a beautiful word called ‘synchronicity’, which means the fortuitous (or not) ¬†simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. I had this happen this week when I grabbed the next book in my Book Friday series and read it, only to realise that the lessons it had for me to learn were exactly the lessons I needed to … Continue reading Book Friday: Ichigo Ichie by Hector Garcia and Francesca Miralles

Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 4

Gratitude is a much used word at the moment. Be grateful for what you have, give thanks in all circumstances, bless the Universe for its gifts…. I love how Bren√© gets to the heart of the matter here: we can have a Gratitude Attitude as much as we like, but until we put it into regular (daily, hourly, minutely) practice, we’re just paying lipservice to … Continue reading Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 4

Magazine Monday: happinez issue 19 Love

happinez (the spelling and use of lower case is how they spell their own name) is a magazine dedicated to spirituality and bliss. I picked it up on a trip to an art gallery, where the red cover and content teasers intrigued me. So much of hygge ties in to a quasi-spiritual path, with the emphasis on nature, togetherness, finding your happy and enjoying life … Continue reading Magazine Monday: happinez issue 19 Love

Book Friday: The Little Library Year by Kate Young

I write this sitting in the kitchen sink…. well, no, not really. That’s the famous opening line of Dodie Smith’s much-loved I Capture the Castle, exactly the sort of book that would be featured in The Little Library Year by Kate Young, a different approach to cookbooks and reading, and my choice for book of the month for February. I actually write this watching an … Continue reading Book Friday: The Little Library Year by Kate Young

Cultivating Resilience: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 3

Resilience is such a popular word today. When I was working as a Learning Mentor, it was one of the attributes we wanted to encourage in the children. If you’re living in a council house with one parent and many siblings where food, security and even having a home this time next month could be at risk, then being resilient and able to ride the … Continue reading Cultivating Resilience: Wholehearted Living Series Guidepost 3

Magazine Monday:The Simple Things February 2020 “Thrive”

A quiet Saturday was followed by an even quieter Sunday as I found myself holed up in bed. I’m still aching, and quite possibly will be in bed before the Nine O’Clock news tonight, but I’m grabbing ten minutes to do my Magazine monday post. I’m enjoying sharing the best bits from my favourite magazines here on a Monday: so much effort and time is … Continue reading Magazine Monday:The Simple Things February 2020 “Thrive”